Mystery Quilt – Clue 4

If you’re following along with me, you’ll know that I’m taking part in this year’s Bonnier Hunter mystery quilt extravaganza, the Good Fortune Quilt (details on her website here).


Not that I’ve finished Clue Number 3 (see here, though Clue 2 and Clue 1 are done!)


So this clue calls for string piecing, which is one of my absolute favourite techniques.  It uses a light paper (say from an unused phone book) to stabilise strings (in this case) or crumbs of fabric which might otherwise get trashed.

Effectively, you are making new fabric out of the remnants of difficult-to-use leftover strips and strings and giving it a whole new purpose! Plus the new fabric you get to create is as unique and beautiful as you choose to make it!


This is the all-new set up of my crafting studio in Newry.  I’ve added a bigger (and steadier) table, a new carpet, a spare television that was knocking around and which has Netflix and Amazon Prime hooked up to it, and a spare iron and little ironing mat that I must have picked up at a quilt show. In fact, I didn’t even realise that side was for ironing until my Quilting Cousin, Mary, pointed it out. Thanks, Mar!


For sizes and numbers, see Bonnie’s website, but here are my fully trimmed and ready orange (and yellow for highlights for me) Clue 4 pieces.


Oh! And look what came in the mail!  My friend Michael gifted me Bonnie’s latest book, String Frenzy. There’s bound to be a quilt or two made from this in 2019!

My nose is back to the grindstone with writing a PhD proposal, which seems to be neverending, and a final quilt that needs to be ready as a Christmas gift.  Given I started that LAST NIGHT and I have three others to work on and finish, including this mystery quilt, I might be biting off a little too much!!



7 thoughts on “Mystery Quilt – Clue 4”

  1. Nice to meet you, Patrick, and to read your blog posts. Clue 4 was such fun after the tedium of Clue 3! I have no idea how all these units will fit together . . . I got an email saying my copy of String Frenzy is en route. A Christmas present for me!

    • Hi Nann, thanks for replying! I agree – I’ve still not quite finished Clue 3 :). Still a few more to go!
      I admire those who try to put things together to see what the units will be like! I’m happy to wait and enjoy the unveiling!

    • Hi Lisa, my units are very happy – I love the combination of oranges with some yellow as it really makes the colours pop a little more. Maybe the big reveal will take place with Friday’s clue? Or maybe after Christmas, who knows?! (Well, Bonnie does, I guess!)


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